Media Watch – April 25

By on 25/04/2014 in Media Watch, News

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Birmingham ‘Trojan Horse plot’ raises questions about school accountability (The Guardian): This article suggests that the investigation into 25 schools in Birmingham following complaints to the city council about allegations of Islamist “takeovers” highlights the muddle about who is now responsible for schools.

95% of city events budget spent on Tory conference (Birmingham Mail): The cost of staging the Tory conference accounts for 95% of Birmingham's major events budget.

Anger at plan to keep old New Street bridge (Birmingham Mail): Network Rail has been accused of cutting corners on its £600m redevelopment of New Street Station. References the Planning Committee.

Library in the pink for Libby Mae (Birmingham Mail): The Library of Birmingham will be in the pink as part of a touching tribute to baby Libby Mae Sharratt who died in her parents' arms when she was just two weeks' old.

Fears that Solihull will snub combined local authority bid (Solihull News): Birmingham's council leader Sir Albert Bore has spoken of his concern that Solihull will refuse to sign up to create a West Midlands-wide combined authority.

Injunction served on tenant (Bromsgrove Standard): An abusive council tenant from Rednal has received an 18-month Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction after aggressive and confrontational behaviour. The final straw was when Meegan Jones, 24, of Ringwood Drive, knocked a Birmingham City Council staff member to the ground and physically assaulted her after a fracas.

Regional Headlines

Faiths unite as thousands paid their  respects to city Muslim leader Dr Mohammed Naseem, chairman of Birmingham Central Mosque yesterday, following his death earlier this week.

Police watchdog, the IPCC is to recruit 200 staff at its new offices in Birmingham to allow it to take on extra investigations.

Stephen Sutton appeal smashes through £2 million milestone following a flood of donations.

National Headlines

Mortgage applicants face tougher questions about their lifestyle under new rules that take effect from tomorrow (26 April).

A passenger has been detained in Indonesia after an apparent attempt to hijack a plane that landed at Bali airport, reports say. The Virgin Boeing 737 plane had flown from Brisbane in Australia.

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